Volume 9, Issue 5

Coach Vickie Bevenour, PCC  - www.CoachVickie.com

August  2011

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Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC

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August 2011


What are your Vacation Plans for this Year?


Have you planned your vacation for the coming year? Are you sure that you have scheduled enough time off that will “burn” all of your allotted PTO/vacation time? If your answer is yes…then good for you. If your answer is no, or maybe, or, “I am waiting to schedule it at the best time,” please read on.

A recent Reuters/Ipsos survey revealed that only 57% of American workers take all of their entitled vacation days every year – in school a 57% is a failing grade. That’s barely above the “halfway” mark. Interestingly, this was compared to the French workforce; our French counterparts use 89% of their vacation time. In school that is a B+. Why the difference – what is it that is causing this choice/lack of balance in the American work force? I imagine that the answer offered by those not taking their time off might sound like:

  • I do not have the money to afford a big, fancy vacation.

  • I have too many priorities at work.

  • I cannot schedule time off because my work schedule is too flexible; my clients need me when they need me and project calendars change all the time.

  • The economy is so uncertain, if I take time off now, will I have a job when I return?

  • It is too hard to take time off and then have to “catch up” when I return.

I am currently working on a project with five French business people. Trying to schedule meetings in July and August was impossible. At the end of June when I contacted each of them they all wrote back with varying times when they would be back at work. One person was off for two months. Another sent me a long email detailing all of the beautiful scenery and castles that he and his family were enjoying in Germany. How many Americans would put a flowery description of their vacation on their “out of office” automated message?

For a culture that is so health-conscious, taking a vacation is one of the most beneficial things that one can do for both your body and mind. Taking time off does not have to be a huge (expensive) endeavor. It can be as simple as sitting in your own backyard or taking advantage of museums or places of interest in your own town. Whatever you chose to do with your scheduled time off this break will help you:

  • Refocus

  • Gain clarity

  • Relax

  • Rejuvenate

  • Solve some lingering problems

  • Re-engage with YOU

So go ahead, with Fall just around the corner, take out your planner right now and schedule some time off for yourself, your body and mind will thank you. Congratulations, by taking this first step toward unplugging… you are deriving results from within.

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